Political Science / Science politique

About Program Admission Requirements

We examine much more than just theories and abstract concepts – we discuss the major issues of our times, including democracy, human rights, peace and security, the environment, the fight against poverty and more.

Our program employs dynamic, innovative teaching methods in small classrooms. Our bilingual or trilingual international degree options will position you well in a competitive global marketplace.

We’ll set you up for success

Our graduates’ success extends far beyond our walls: they get into some of the best graduate programs in political science around the world. They also succeed in the national and international political arena as journalists, United Nations policy analysts, lawyers and more.

Nous allons bien au-delà des théories et des concepts abstraits, et examinons les grands enjeux de notre temps comme la démocratie, les droits de la personne, la paix et la sécurité, la lutte contre la pauvreté, l’environnement, et bien d’autres questions.

Notre programme utilise des méthodes d’enseignement dynamiques et novatrices, dans de petites classes. Nos options de diplôme international bilingue ou trilingue vous prépareront à réussir sur un marché mondial compétitif. 

La réussite de nos diplômés dépasse largement le cadre de notre collège : ceux-ci sont admis dans certains des meilleurs programmes en science politique du monde. Ils réussissent aussi sur la scène politique nationale et internationale, comme journalistes, analystes de politiques pour les Nations Unies, avocats, et dans d’autres professions.

Sample First-year Schedule

  • Introduction to Canadian Politics
  • The Birth of Politics
  • a language course (depending on language level, you would take French as a second language course, an English as a second language course or a discipline course taught in your second language)
  • Canadian Citizenship
  • Culture, Globalization and International Civil Society

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • political commentator
  • federal relations director
  • government policy analyst

Internationalize your degree

The iBA degree program reflects York's commitment to internationalization and requires you to acquire an international language and to gain international experience on exchange at one of York University's partner institutions abroad. You will benefit from enhanced interdisciplinary and cross-cultural knowledge, which are important components of the department's academic focus. Visit the International program page for more information.

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (GCE). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum combined total of 1170 on the Critical Reading and Math components or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.

You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.